Half of the world’s population lacks access to essential primary healthcare, including treatment for common childhood illnesses like diarrhea or malaria, family planning, or prenatal care.
This gap is particularly acute in remote communities, where an estimated two billion people live outside of the reach of healthcare. Compounding this crisis is a massive health worker shortage, as we need at least 18 million more health workers by 2030 to deliver primary healthcare globally.
Illness is universal, access to healthcare is not. But we can change that.
When community health workers are trained, paid, supervised, and supplied to bring primary health services to the doorsteps of people living far from care, they can improve health outcomes and save lives. Community health workers are vital to achieving universal health coverage, one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
At Last Mile Health, we partner with governments to extend primary healthcare to the world’s most remote communities by designing, growing, and sustaining community health systems. Community health systems are programs and policies that guide teams of community and frontline health workers and health leaders to deliver high-quality primary health services directly in communities.
To achieve our vision of a health worker within reach of everyone, everywhere, we work with our government partners to: